Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Shimmering Butterflies

Good Morning... More butterflies.. :)  I guess all this 60 degree weather has me thinking spring and summer.

This actually started from a scrap pile that I had leftover from one of Tim's tags.. I was playing with different backgrounds and had quite a few leftover and this was one of them that I had cut to card size and set aside.  Usually when I am working on a project I can't walk away and play with other projects but I have one on my desk that is going to take a week to work on so I put it aside and decided to play with some new stamps.

The background is a mix of paints with an embossing folder and a stencil overlay on top of that.  I then stamped the flowers and butterflies onto that with archival ink.  I colored them with the watercolor pencils and waterbrush. I wanted to make the coloring very splotchy around the flowers and on the butterflies to give it a very ethereal effect.  

I added a hint of shadowing and then the sparkles to give the shimmer.  I finished it off with this beautiful sentiment from Inky Antics. 

Thanks for stopping by!


 I am entering this into the following challenges:

Words & Paintery February Challenge - Colors & Glitter
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Photo Inspiration  (Check out this pretty picture)
Anything but Cute Challenge - Crazy for Color

Products:  Inky Antics - Sentiment, STAEDTLER watercolor pencils, The Crafters Workshop Stencil, Ivory Cardstock, Crystal Stickles


  1. Hi Sue, lovely coincidence that I checked in to my blog just as yours jumped to the top of my blog roll ;-)!

    Butterflies are top of my favourite things so this card was bound to be a winner for me anyway but I love the soft colours and the watercolouring. Fabulous background too with just the right amount of sparkle! Love it!

    Lesley Xx

  2. This is gorgeous Sue! I so love butterflies and yours are so beautiful! Hugs, Robin

  3. I love your scrap pile, wish mine looked so good. Gorgeous , love those Spring like colours . Spring cannot come quick enough for me . Tracy x X

  4. Great background and so nice the turqouise sparkling over the butterflies and flowers. Nice card!

  5. Love how you've used your extra Tim background with the beautiful water coloured flowers and butterflies. You certainly achieved an ethereal feel to your card, love it xxx

  6. Beautifully done! Awesome watercoloured butterflies and flowers and I love those turquoise sparkling accents!
    Thank you so much for joining in our Crazy For Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Branka DT xx

  7. Beautiful work!
    Thank you for joining Crazy For Colors challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  8. Wow, this is so pretty! I love the colors and the textures. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  9. Wow.. Love your fabulous card! Sue. The butterflies are gorgeous. :)

  10. Gorgeous card, Suzanne! Love those painty butterflies and flowers atop that fabulous background! Great use of your leftovers!

    Thank you for joining our Crazy For Color Challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  11. beautiful work! i love that you texture embossed the background and still stenciled over that... great reminder that i need to use my embossing plates lol! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!


  12. So pretty! Love the gorgeous butterflies and all the shimmery detail! Thanks for joining along with the MMMC :)

  13. Gorgeous! Love the butterflies, they are exquisite, and that hint of purple and teal glitters really makes them magic...Thank you for joining Words&Paintery this month!

  14. So pretty.Love butterflies. Thank you for playing with us at Words&Paintery

  15. i juste love it ! thank you for youy participation ;-)

  16. SO pretty! Love your watercolored stamps with just a hint of shadow and sparkle to make them perfect! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  17. This is beautiful! Great colors. Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

  18. I somehow managed to miss this one.... Fabulous project!! I adore the colours you used! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!


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